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Old 09-02-2007, 10:42 AM   #61
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Nice touches DX, its starting to look good. Heh mine is still in its bag.

Chris mate with thinking like that, you will be getting psychic enimations from the completed model in your sleep, making you want to travel to the ship and work on it some more, heh sleep modeling perhaps.
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Old 09-02-2007, 01:05 PM   #62
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These are all really nice builds. Those clamps and other detailing add another level of detail that makes it really pop.

Good work guys!
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Old 25-02-2007, 02:39 PM   #63
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Engine components starting to come together now. I've opted to fabricate these areas for reasons that I'll go into later. The engine bells I customed turned. The ones that Jim Small/Mike Reader supply are excellent scaled down versions of the 44" Eagle but the studio scale Meta Probe seemed to borrow engines from the 11" Eagle which were slightly different even if they were probably supposed to be the same. Anyway, just to make it a bit more custom, I turned up the engines myself. The cylindrical parts are short sections of 1/2" EMA tube and the hemispheres are from the Revellogram 1/48th Mercury/Gemini.

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Old 27-02-2007, 03:14 PM   #64
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Never underestimate the usefulness of lego to make construction jigs to ensure everything is straight and parallel when putting together the engine assembly.



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Old 27-02-2007, 03:19 PM   #65
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Never underestimate the usefulness of lego to make construction jigs to ensure everything is straight and parallel when putting together the engine assembly.
Come on now here is a challenge, a Meta Probe model built entirly from Lego, DX has started the ball rolling.

Yup never forget just how useful good old Lego can be.
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Old 27-02-2007, 05:37 PM   #66
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thats frickin ingenious!!
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Old 27-02-2007, 05:59 PM   #67
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Ingenious...

And amazing that the spacing of the blocks perfectly matched the requirements for the spacing of the Meta probe engines...now that was plain lucky
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Old 27-02-2007, 06:25 PM   #68
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Great idea DX , that must have saved a lot of time and cost over scratchin up jigs.
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What an amazing idea!!!!! Brilliant!

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Old 27-02-2007, 07:07 PM   #70
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It was blind luck that the spacing proved to be almost millimetre pefect but alternatively, you could stick the bricks to a sheet of plastic using double sided sticky tape. What I did was epoxy the middle engine shaft in place first and held it down with a bit of of sticky tape pulled over it while it set.. Once it was set I could add the other bits. The brass tube I used for the central engine shafts was the same diameter as the steel rod used to support the solar panels so the Lego held everything parallel to the ground. I used a two foot steel rule to make sure everything was parallel looking down from above.
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Old 31-03-2007, 07:08 AM   #71
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pic too big. Oh well.
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Old 31-03-2007, 07:49 AM   #72
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that looks awesome!!
how much you want for it??
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OOOOOHHHHHH

Love that Ultra Probe...

When't the kit coming out ?????

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Old 31-03-2007, 09:11 AM   #74
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Love that Ultra Probe... When't the kit coming out ?????
Yes that is one impressive piece it has to be said, very nice, very big but very nice.

As to when its coming out Chris, no doubt when he can find a bag big enough to put the parts in.
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Old 31-03-2007, 09:38 AM   #75
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Blimey, you kept that UP quiet! Nice one.
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no doubt when he can find a bag big enough to put the parts in.
can you say HEFTY
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